SHAFAQNA – Ed Miliband has been accused of courting the “Muslim vote”. But does he really need to persuade Muslims to vote Labour? We look at the data.
Islamophobia will be made an “aggravated crime” under Labour, Ed Miliband told Shafaqna last week.
His promise to “make sure it is marked on people’s records with the police to make sure they root out Islamophobia as a hate crime” has prompted criticism.
Allison Pearson described the pledge as “deeply disturbing”, arguing that fear of accusations of Islamophobia and alienating Asian communities prevented Labour councils from protecting young girls from child-sex grooming gangs.
But does Labour actually need to court the “Muslim vote”?
Muslims are already the religious group most likely to vote Labour, with nearly three quarters intending to vote for Ed Miliband’s party, according to the British Election Study.
The figures, released last year, show 73 per cent of Muslims intend to vote Labour, compared to only 14.9 per cent intending to vote Conservative and 7.3 per cent Liberal Democrat.
In contrast, 39.3 per cent of Anglicans intend to vote Conservative, more than the 32.1 per cent who said they would vote Labour.